NBA: New York Knicks tap David Fizdale as new head coach

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(CNN Philippines) — David Fizdale has been named as the new head coach of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Knicks made the announcement Tuesday on their official Twitter account.

 

Fizdale will replace Jeff Hornacek who led the New York Knicks to another dismal result — 11th place finish in the Eastern Conference — with a 29-53 record.

The 43-year-old Fizdale steered the Memphis Grizzlies to a 43-39 record in his first stint as the main tactician, but fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the opening round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. He was fired after the Grizzlies started this season with a 7-12 slate.

Fizdale previously served as an assistant coach of the Miami Heat for eight years including their title runs in 2012 and 2013. He was also an assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks for four seasons and one year with Golden State Warriors.

The Knicks' five-year postseason drought will certainly add to the pressure Fizdale will face.